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Congratulations to 38 Westbury St

St Kilda East group known as '38 Westbury Street' has been announced as a finalist in the Built Environment category for this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards for their Green Roof in the City program.

A committed and talented group of residents formed to turn their 1950's apartment building walk-on rooftop from a wasted urban space into a stunning ‘green roof’.

The new retrofitted garden and leisure space offers not only a sanctuary for the residents but simple sustainable solutions to assist with water management, resource efficiency and energy savings.

The green roof reduces storm water run-off, retains rainwater in the substrate and increases the quality of water run-off whilst reducing flash flooding. It absorbs heat and provides insulation - lowering energy bills, it also absorbs sound pollution and traps the distribution of pollutants, increases plant life to encourage biodiversity and reconnects people to nature - now a space where children play, adults barbeque and friends entertain.

In their 14th year, the Premier's Sustainability Awards continue to promote leadership and innovation in sustainability, and encourage a broader adoption of these practices by all Victorians.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 20 October at the Plaza Ballroom, in Melbourne. The Hon Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria will personally select two winners for the Premier's Regional Recognition Award and the Premier's Recognition Award to be presented at the awards ceremony.

For more information on the awards, finalists and to purchase tickets for the award ceremony, visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

38 Westbury rooftop garden
38 Westbury rooftop garden